Food, beer, music and dancing were abundant Saturday at Omaha’s Original Greek Festival.
The festival, sponsored by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, enjoyed sunny weather and crowd numbers consistent with previous years.
Craig Clawson, parish council vice president, said last year’s total for the weekend was about 10,000. He said he expects attendance to be about the same this year.
With a boutique and a children’s area, the festival provides fun for every age.
Clawson said the staple of the weekend is always the authentic Greek food and pastries.
“The food here is excellent and these great cooks have been working hard to prep for the event,” Clawson said. “Even in the rain last year, the pastries still sold out.”
The most popular foods at the festival are the souvlaki, a pork shish kabob, and the famous gyros.
St. John’s dance groups provide entertainment with folk dances, music and costumes.
The festival will conclude Sunday, running from noon to 7 p.m. at Canfield Plaza, 85th Street and West Center Road.
Tickets are $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Military, police officers, fire personnel and students are free with ID.
Admission also is free with a canned good donation, with all items going to the Siena-Francis House.